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#1

90

Samsung MC28H5013A

759 Reviews
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£123.99

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
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£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The top rated microwave under £500, with very good features and low running costs
£45 Voucher
#2

89

Panasonic NN‑SD27HS

29 Reviews
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£79.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
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£430
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A best selling and top-rated freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and great features
£45 Voucher
#3

89

Russell Hobbs RHM3003

585 Reviews
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£79.99

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
The highest scoring combination microwave around, with average running costs and very good features
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#4

88

Samsung MC28M6055

12 Reviews
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£249.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
An excellent value for money and breathtakingly highly rated freestanding microwave, with low running costs and great features
£45 Voucher
#6

88

Samsung MS23F301

775 Reviews
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£64.99

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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Info
£340
Over 10 years
Jul 2014
The best rated microwave under £100, with very low running costs and good features
#7

88

Magic Chef MCM990B

44 Reviews
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£57.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25.48L
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£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A top-value and very highly rated freestanding microwave, with low running costs and very good features
#8

88

Samsung MS28J5255

133 Reviews
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£129.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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Info
£430
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A very cheap and top-rated freestanding microwave, with average running costs and great features
#9

88

Daewoo KOR8A9R

100 Reviews
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£63.99

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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Info
£340
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
A best selling and low cost freestanding microwave, with good features and very low running costs
£10 Voucher
#10

88

Samsung MC28H5125

287 Reviews
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£75.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2014
An excellent value for money and classic freestanding microwave, with great features and low running costs
£50 Voucher
#11

87

Siemens iQ700

1 Review
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£136.28

Integrated
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900W
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21L
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Info
£390
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
The highest review score combination microwave on the market, with ok running costs and good features
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#12

87

Kenwood K30GSS13

51 Reviews
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£89.98

Integrated
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900W
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30L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A top-rated and bargain price integrated microwave, with average running costs and great features
#13

87

Sharp R‑372KM

63 Reviews
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£75.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
An astoundingly cheap and very popular freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and great features
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#14

87

Samsung MC32J7035

10 Reviews
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£161.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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32L
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£600
Over 10 years
May 2015
A high-quality and classic freestanding microwave, with alright running costs and a very fair price
£45 Voucher
#15

87

Russell Hobbs RHM2563

900 Reviews
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£83.79

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A stunningly cheap and best selling freestanding microwave, with alright running costs and superb user reviews
£45 Voucher
#16

86

Russell Hobbs RHM2064

926 Reviews
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£52.95

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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£340
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A very popular and great value for money freestanding microwave, with marvellous user reviews and very low running costs
£45 Voucher
#17

86

Samsung MC32K7055C

18 Reviews
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£229.99

Freestanding
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2,100W
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32L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A powerful and astonishingly highly rated freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a reasonable price
£45 Voucher
#18

86

Baumatic BMIC4625

32 Reviews
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£139.99

Integrated
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900W
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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A very popular and astoundingly highly rated integrated microwave, with average running costs and a reasonable price
£45 Voucher
#19

86

Sharp R374

99 Reviews
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£79.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A positively reviewed and affordable freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and good features
#20

86

Panasonic NN‑CT555WBPQ

392 Reviews
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£159.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
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£430
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A fully featured and top-rated freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a good price
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86

Sharp R664

64 Reviews
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£64.90

Freestanding
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800W
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20L
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£340
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A positively reviewed and astoundingly cheap freestanding microwave, with good features and very low running costs

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Bosch with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Bosch Microwaves 54 £60 - £1,282
90%
2 reviews
#2
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Neff Microwaves 30 £189 - £1,163
90%
1 review
#3
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 32 £53 - £140
88%
6,860 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 64 £60 - £666
88%
3,294 reviews
#5
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Panasonic Microwaves 61 £30 - £459
87%
4,325 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 47 £55 - £529
87%
935 reviews
#7
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Hotpoint Microwaves 42 £40 - £917
85%
4 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 39 £40 - £250
85%
518 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 52 £112 - £549
79%
199 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 24 £136 - £1,277
73%
49 reviews
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LG Microwaves 28 £59 - £364
24%
9 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £29 to £2,659 and in total we found prices for 602 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average £234 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £61 and £529. The Panasonic NN-CT579S is the cheapest microwave at only £30, and Miele DGM6500CLST is the most expensive at £2,659.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves range in price from £399 to £2,659, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £1,005.

De Dietrich microwaves range in price from £499 to £999, and the second highest average microwave price out of all brands is De Dietrich microwaves with an average price of £792.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is KitchenAid microwaves with an average price of £700. KitchenAid microwaves range in price from £700 to £700.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 20 expert reviews and 17,942 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Bosch is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 90%. Neff is the second best brand with 90% and Russell Hobbs is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 499 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 392 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is ao with 223 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new microwaves. The biggest month in 2017 for new microwave releases was April, with 55 new microwaves released that month. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new microwaves, with 128 new microwaves released that month. In July 2015 105 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 5% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical microwave costing £234 you could save on average £12 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

The most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 560 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 299 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most common case design amongst new microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Siemens CM656GBS6B, which is a 3,600W microwave and is on sale for £800.00. The Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which sells for £120.20, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 13L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47901XK, which is priced at £409.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH1331B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and is available at £98.99.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 382 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most popular colour amongst new microwaves. The second most popular colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 369 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 287 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 57.5% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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